Many people claim that Hookah is safer than cigarette. But is this really true?
No, it isn’t. Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking.
Hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber. It is also known as a narghile, shisha or goza.
The hookah consists of a bowl, a pipe and a hose. A customized tobacco available in different flavours is heated with the help of a coal, the smoke is filtered to the water as it boils and is sucked out from the mouthpiece of the hookah through a rubber hose.
The tobacco in a cigarette is equally toxic to one in a hookah pipe. The water doesn’t filter out the toxic ingredients that are present in the tobacco smoke. In fact, due to the longer duration which can go upto an hour and deeper inhalations while smoking hookah, participants are prone to higher quantities of tobacco than regular cigarette smokers.
Research on the dangers of hookah is still ongoing but there is enough to prove the many health risks it poses. Here are some of the demerits of hookah:
- Hookah smoke contains tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) that are really high levels of toxic compounds.
- Hookah smokers are exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers
- Hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. Smoking Cigarettes are also have the same effects.
- Hookah smoking leads to tobacco dependence just like cigarette smoking due to the nicotine present.
- Hookah smoke is also associated with passive smoke and passive the same dangers as passive cigarette smoking
- Hookah equipment are usually not cleaned well. In bars, this might lead to spread of infectious diseases.